Chase Elliott will make just his second Dirt Midget start next month at the Tulsa Expo Raceway: David Gravel of Watertown, CT and Jeffery Champagne of Westfield, MA will join Elliott and the rest.
- The Chili Bowl entry list typically reaches over 300.
- The provisional list is published after 100.
- NASCAR, IndyCar and IMSA stars routinely race against dirt professionals.
The provisional Chili Bowl entry list is up to 209 and features champions from the NASCAR Cup Series, USAC and the World of Outlaws.
The newest list is headlined by the defending and reigning Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champion, Kyle Larson, driving his self-owned No. 01 with sponsorship from JVI Group and MAV TV.
Four New Englanders are among those entries. They are David Gravel of Watertown, CT, Scott Towscee of Manchester, VT, Santino Ferrucci of Woodbury, CT and Jeffrey Champagne of Westfield, MA
NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will make just his second overall appearance in a Dirt Midget driving a No. 9 fielded by veteran racer Paul May.
Christopher Bell won the Golden Driller Trophy from 2017-2019 before getting denied by Larson last year and will return in the CB Industries No. 84 operated by veteran racer Chad Boat with sponsorship from Pristine Auction, Toyota Racing Development and iRacing.
Both major 410 Sprint Car champions are on the latest entry list in the form of World of Outlaws titlist Brad Sweet driving for Rusty Kunz Racing and All-Star Circuit of Champions title holder Aaron Reutzel in another CB Industries entry.
USAC National Midget champion Justin Grant will compete in his RMS Racing No. 2J.
Other entries with national pedigrees include 18 race NASCAR Cup Series winner Kasey Kahne driving for Matt Wood Racing.
Chase Briscoe will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut this season with Stewart Haas Racing but will once again compete for his self-owned No. 5 in the Chili Bowl. NASCAR Xfinity Series contender Justin Allgaier will race for Team Ripper.
World of Outlaws contender and 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel of Watertown, CT will compete for Rusty Kunz as well. Also, Jeffery Champagne of Westfield, MA.
The 2020 Chili Bowl Nationals reached 359 entries and the year before that reached 362.
It runs from Jan. 11-16 at the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Oklahoma. The event will take place with coronavirus restrictions, including 25 percent capacity grandstands and 25 percent capacity pit passes.
The week of racing will air on FloRacing and the mains will air on MAVTV.
BY MATT WEAVER, photo by KARA CAMPBELL